The Leavenworth County Health Department reported an additional 11 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.


As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, a total of 51 cases of the disease have been confirmed in the county since the start of the outbreak.


Todd Farley said Leavenworth County is climbing the ladder toward its apex of COVID-19 cases.


"But we’re not there yet," said Farley, a member of an incident management team for the county’s coronavirus response.


He said county residents may see a large increase in the number of COVID-19 cases during the next few weeks.


In addition to the 51 cases that have been confirmed through testing, Health Department officials believe there are an additional 103 probable cases in the county based on people who have reported symptoms.


One person from Leavenworth County has died as a result of COVID-19.


Seven people from Leavenworth County who had COVID-19 are now considered to have recovered from the disease, according to information released by the Health Department.


The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Lansing Correctional Facility also continued to climb Tuesday, according to a Kansas Department of Corrections website.


As of 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, there have been nine confirmed cases among employees at the state prison, and eight confirmed cases among inmates.


On Saturday, Kansas Department of Corrections officials announced measures that were being taken at LCF to mitigate the spread of the disease.


These include measures to reduce the movement of inmates so they remain in their units but not locked down in cells. Necessary movement to recreation or jobs will now occur primarily in groups from the same unit. Staffing also has been modified due to increased absences, according to a news release.


Rebecca Witte, public information officer for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said in an email Tuesday that corrections officials have been working closely with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment "to determine what additional steps we may need to take in the future."


The Lansing Correctional Facility remains the only prison operated by the Kansas Department of Corrections to have confirmed cases of COVID-19.


A statewide stay-at-home order remains in place. The order allows people to go out of their homes for activities that are considered essential such as buying groceries or visiting the doctor.


Farley said it remains important for people to practice social distancing and remain home as much as possible.


"I really can’t stress that enough," he said.


Farley also encourages people who have symptoms associated with COVID-19 to call the Leavenworth County Health Department at 913-250-2000, option 3.


He said self-reporting will help Health Department officials keep track of possible cases. He said public health nurses also can provide helpful information to people with symptoms.


The Leavenworth County government maintains a COVID-19 information page at www.leavenworthcounty.gov/covid


The page includes a daily update from the Leavenworth County Health Department regarding confirmed cases of the disease in the county as well as probable cases.


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